Rabat - Three men who allegedly attacked a young man they perceived as homosexual in Casablanca have been arrested by the Moroccan authorities.
Rabat – Three men who allegedly attacked a young man they perceived as homosexual in Casablanca have been arrested by the Moroccan authorities.
A police statement carried by official news agency MAP on Monday said three assailants who allegedly attacked a young man because of his sexual orientation have been arrested.
The incident reportedly occurred last week in Casablanca. A video posted on YouTube showed the ‘homosexual’ young man being attacked for wearing a bra and makeup in public. The mob also forced him to remove all of his clothing while calling him homophobic epithets.
The victim has been identified as a 17-year-old Casablanca resident. The three suspects arrested by the police are aged 19, 20 and 23-year-old, respectively.
This comes only few months after another homosexual man in the city of Fez was brutally beaten and booed by dozens of angry men while hurling anti-gay slurs. Two men who attacked him because of his effeminate appearance were arrested and sentenced to four months behind bars.
The Moroccan criminal code prohibits sex between men and can be punished with anything from 6 months to 3 years imprisonment and a fine of 120 to 1200 dirhams.
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